The American Red Cross encourages the Manchester community to give the perfect gift this holiday season by donating blood at the Manchester Road Race Blood Drive on Friday, November 25. Donors have the chance to take a quick break from Black Friday deals to help save lives before the holiday season ramps up. This annual drive will be held at a new location, Manchester High School, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.
Blood donations often decline from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day as people get busy with holiday activities, but hospital patients don’t get a holiday from needing blood. Right now, someone in the U.S. needs blood every two seconds.
As a thank you, all presenting donors at the Manchester Road Race Blood Drive will receive a free road race t-shirt and an invitation to download a set of recipes from celebrity chefs. “The Red Cross encourages donors to start a new holiday tradition,” said Alyson Barraza, Communications Manager for the Connecticut Blood Services Region. “Bring family and friends together the day after Thanksgiving to support hospital patients at the Manchester Road Race Blood Drive!”
Manchester Road Race Blood Drive
Friday, November 25, 9:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.
Manchester High School
134 Middle Turnpike East, Manchester
How to donate blood
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
Blood donors can now save time at their next donation by using RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, prior to arriving at the blood drive. To get started and learn more, visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.